TRADITIONALLY TAXES AND duties on diesel and petrol form a major share of their consumer price. Their consumption is very large and has been increasing steeply over the years. And with the ease of collection, these are easy targets for revenue mobilisation. Petrol, consumed by the better-off sections of the
INDIA’s positive external orientation started two decades ago with Prime Minister Vajpayee. The growth in the stature of India as an economic entity helped in strengthening economic relations with the developed nations. Manmohan Singh’s stature as a tall economist helped the process of expanding such contacts. Narendra Modi has been spending
It has been customary for the Prime Minister to present in his Independence day address a report on the performance and programmes of his government. Narendra Modi, bolstered by the stability of his government, has been looking ahead at major reforms and announces new schemes in his Independence Day addresses.
Railway development received high priority under the NDA II government. First under Suresh Prabhu and subsequently under Piyush Goyal, the railway portfolio gained weight. While the dedicated freight corridor initiated earlier by the UPA government was a major milestone, it has been taking long years to make an impact. The handsome
What we, as citizens, must do to discharge our responsibility before we charge the government for not doing enough. Cricket is our biggest sport, Bollywood our greatest pastime, and armchair politics, our most magnificent obsession. Our compulsive urge to discuss should normally be considered a great strength in a democracy. But
Two factors will lead to a delighted customer in 2030. The nudge-network effect will push Indians to be tax-compliant. Technology will harness business efficiency, leading to price falls. On Doctors’ Day 2017, our parliamentarians administered the first big wave of chemotherapy to rid the Indian ecosystem of tax non-compliance. The Goods